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Russia To Reopen 1994 Case Of Murdered Reporter


http://gdb.rferl.org/f0348d29-c618-4888-846e-aaee757cc54d_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/f0348d29-c618-4888-846e-aaee757cc54d_mw800_mh600.jpg The 11-year-old case ended with an official apology to one of the accused suspects (RFE/RL) 10 January 2006 -- The Russian Prosecutor-General's office today said it would launch a new probe into the 1994 murder of investigative reporter Dmitrii Kholodov even though it considers the case solved.


Prosecutor-General Vladimir Ustinov's spokeswoman, Natalia Vishnyakova, told the Ekho Moskvy radio station judicial authorities were insisting that a new investigation be conducted. Yet, she said prosecutors believe that the army officers tried over the case are guilty.


Kholodov, a "Moskovskii komsomolets" correspondent who specialized in military corruption, was killed in October 1994 by a booby-trapped briefcase.


Six army officers were charged with involvement in the killing, but were twice acquitted by military courts.


On 15 December a Moscow military court ordered prosecutors to apologize publicly to one of the defendants -- Colonel Pavel Popovskikh -- and told the Russian Finance Ministry to pay him 2.1 million rubles ($73,000) in damages.


(Ekho Moskvy/lenta.ru)

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